SeedArts Australia

Circus & Physical Theatre

SeedArts Australia’s 2019/2020 Season

SeedArts deliver a suite of projects in 2019-2020 in partnership with local community arts organisations & artists supporting mental health & well-being for Aboriginal & non-Aboriginal young people in Lismore & beyond.

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The SeedArts 2019- 2020 season delivers an exciting range of ‘funambulist’ activities centred around tightwire walking, slack line and slack rope for young First Nation’s and non First Nation’s people living in Lismore.

We are delivering these for a few reasons:

*to familiarise young people with the fun, positive-risk taking opportunities inherent in such circus activities as tightwire in free, accessible & outdoor settings

*to connect Lismore with one of it’s most famous sons – First Nation’s born international circus & tightwire virtuoso – Con Colleano, the Wizard of the Wire, & star of Ringling, Barnum & Baily in the ’30’s & 40’s

*to bring together experienced circus artists, designers & riggers in collaboration with local Aboriginal young people to design a balance playground & to make circus gear from local, accessible & renewable materials.

Free tightwire & slackline workshops for young people commenced in March 2019. 2019/2020 funds will support tightwire activity in 2019 & 2020.

SeedArts Australia has partnered with a number of local community arts organisations to deliver the tightwire project. This is part of a much larger community arts project in Lismore, ‘Defiant’ initiated & coordinated by Beyond Empathy in partnership with local Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal arts and community organisations.

DEFIANT is a partnership between Beyond Empathy and the Lismore Regional Gallery, focusing on young people affected by suicide. In this multi-disciplinary project, participants take to the streets of Lismore with stories from their lived experiences, creating large scale photo/text paste-ups, zines, moving images, tightwire and pop-up dance performances.

Curated by Munandjali Man Kirk Page, DEFIANT is a public art project across multiple platforms that aims to disrupt risk-taking behavior in young people from Lismore and the surrounding areas. Over the 2 years from 2019 – 2020, participants will work with local professional artists such as SeedArts to create high quality art that offers positive risk-taking opportunities.

Donations will be used to support three projects that increase mental health & well-being, positive risk taking and pride in Aboriginal culture:

1. 2019 – 2020: Free mobile tightwire & slackline workshops for disengaged young people at-risk in Lismore area & smaller regional centres.

2. Sept 2019: Artist in Residency at The Quad arts precinct, Lismore. A tightwire and ‘balance playground’ will be co-created with local young people and professional circus artists, riggers and designers across three weeks. Workshops and performances are open to the public plus a showcase event for the ‘Defiant’ program.

3. July ’19 – June ’20: Planning for ‘River Crossing’ in August 2020. The grand culmination of the prior workshops and residency sees an 85 metre tightwire rigged over the Wilson River in Lismore. Professional artists cross the wire alongside selected Aboriginal young people from the program to celebrate Con Colleano, Lismore & Aboriginal culture & country. Lismore Council has offered to support the event.

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SeedArts Australia was co-founded by Jacquie Levy and Simone O’Brien who are passionate about making change through socially engaged arts programs including but not limited to social circus and the performing arts. After working together in the Northern Rivers on a successful local social circus project, they wanted to go further afield and set up SeedArts Australia as a means to engage with regional and remote communities and work with them to deliver community engagement projects in partnership with local businesses, NGO’s, Councils and schools.